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Iturrizaga Wins Strong Benasque Open on Tiebreak

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  • on 2013.07.18. 9:14.

On Saturday Eduardo Iturrizaga won the strong annual open tournament in Benasque, Spain. The 23-year-old grandmaster from Venezuela edged out Maxim Rodshtein of Israel and Aleksander Delchev of Bulgaria on tiebreak after the three players had finished on 8.5/10. According to the official website the prizes were not shared, and so Iturrizaga took home the 4,000 Euro first prize!

The 33rd edition of the Open Internacional de Ajedrez de Benasque was held July 4th-13th, 2013 in the Sport Pavillion of Benasque, the main town in Spain's Huesca province, located in the heart of the Pyrenees. Unlike most open tournaments, this Swiss event didn't last 9, but 10 rounds. As "compensation", the games followed a pretty fast rate of play: 90 minutes for the whole game, plus 30 seconds increment per move.

Maxim Rodshtein had the best start; the Israeli grandmaster was the only player who won his first five games. In round 5 he defeated the well known chess author and parttime second of Vassily Ivanchuk.

Rodshtein continued with two draws, against Renier Vazquez Igarza (2571) of Spain, and Ni Hua (2661) of China. By then, after seven rounds, Eduardo Iturrizagahad taken over the lead. He reached 6.5 points with the following win against his famous colleague from Peru, 46-year-old Julio Granda Zuniga, who missed a basic double attack:

Iturrizaga then also beat the strong Chinese GM Ni Hua to reach an amazing 7.5/8 score. This game showed an amazing array of tactics, including the discovered attack, the fork, the intermediate move, the trapped piece, the pin and more. Go check it out:

Aleksander Delchev played a very interesting game in round 6, when he beat Italy's Daniele Vocaturo:

As is often seen in such big open Swiss events, the last round(s) are not always too exciting for spectators. Iturrizaga finished with an 8-move draw with Aleksander Delchev and a 6-move draw with Maxim Rodshtein, to reach 8.5 points. Because of his great start, the GM from Venezuela had the best tiebreak.

Caracas-born Iturrizaga is four-times Champion of Venezuela and bronze medal winner at the 2006 Olympiad. He will be one of the 128 players to participate in the World Cup in Tromsø after he qualified last month at the Costa Rica Zonal.

Benasque Open 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

Rk. Title Name Fed RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 rtg+/-
1 GM ITURRIZAGA Eduardo VEN 2642 8,5 2456 2536 2781 16,8
2 GM RODSHTEIN Maxim ISR 2641 8,5 2444 2487 2770 15,3
3 GM DELCHEV Aleksander BUL 2614 8,5 2434 2446 2756 16,8
4 GM CORI Jorge PER 2543 8 2362 2322 2620 10,2
5 GM ZOLER Dan ISR 2538 8 2339 2419 2596 8
6 GM NI Hua CHN 2661 7,5 2443 2498 2668 2,7
7 GM GRANDA ZUNIGA Julio E PER 2679 7,5 2432 2496 2661 -0,3
8 GM VOCATURO Daniele ITA 2536 7,5 2410 2450 2621 12,9
9 GM VAZQUEZ IGARZA Renier ESP 2571 7,5 2410 2439 2622 8,5
10 GM GEORGIEV Kiril BUL 2636 7,5 2384 2428 2605 -2,1
11 GM KHARITONOV Alexandr RUS 2538 7,5 2383 2412 2593 8,6
12 GM ARIZMENDI MARTINEZ Julen Luis ESP 2580 7,5 2361 2380 2530 -3,3
13 IM GUERRA MENDEZ Jose Angel CUB 2505 7,5 2360 2363 2568 10,5
14 GM ILLESCAS CORDOBA Miguel ESP 2613 7,5 2324 2318 2549 -4,6
15 GM UBILAVA Elizbar ESP 2490 7,5 2322 2326 2529 8
16 IM CASTELLANOS RODRIGUEZ Renier ESP 2504 7,5 2321 2367 2529 5,8
17 GM NISIPEANU Liviu-Dieter ROU 2670 7,5 2300 2320 2560 -9,5
18 IM TAN Matthew NED 2435 7,5 2299 2245 2478 8,9
19 IM ARRIBAS LOPEZ Angel ESP 2494 7,5 2285 2210 2466 -0,5
20 IM NARODITSKY Daniel USA 2486 7 2492 2448 2617 17,1
21 FM FENOLLAR JORDA Manuel ESP 2397 7 2413 2435 2572 37,3
22 GM MOVSZISZIAN Karen ARM 2499 7 2364 2310 2505 3,3
23 GM BURMAKIN Vladimir RUS 2559 7 2348 2355 2515 -2,9
24 GM NEELOTPAL Das IND 2445 7 2329 2325 2490 9
25 GM DE LA VILLA GARCIA Jesus Mari ESP 2472 7 2326 2336 2489 5,1
26 GM GOMEZ ESTEBAN Juan Mario ESP 2462 7 2305 2285 2445 1,2
27 GM GORDON Stephen J ENG 2521 7 2303 2328 2468 -3,6
28 GM STEINGRIMSSON Hedinn ISL 2557 7 2303 2289 2471 -7,8
29 GM DEEPAN Chakkravarthy J. IND 2468 7 2299 2312 2462 2
30 GM LALIC Bogdan CRO 2489 7 2298 2306 2461 0,3

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  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Incredibletactic

    @Jmani89, Black was in check

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Jmani89

    why didnt black take the queen in the hua vs iturrizaga?

    the rook and king wouldve been forked

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    NightHawk0085

    I believe Naroditsky earned his final GM norm (if I'm not mistaken).

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Suvel

    Cool! That's a lot of money on a tie-break.. haha

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